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Yes, we recommend that you be very familiar with your Bowlus Road Chief® first. If you choose to winter camp, you must ensure the internal temperature of the Road Chief® is always well above freezing. Considering the risks you are taking, you’ll need to manage your systems with care.
Slow down and be open to the adventure. Some owners have told us they spent the first night at home, enjoying cocktails in their Road Chief®. Others are more comfortable heading out for a sweet, easy weekend. Some know that driving for 8 or 12 hours straight, then setting up, makes them cranky and frustrated. For others, driving after dark or skipping a meal sucks the fun out a trip. Evaluate your style. Know yourself and your travel mates. Be considerate and kind to yourself and others. Make every moment enjoyable, and you will commence a fun, new lifestyle with your Road Chief®.
We protect our owners’ identities. Although some are accessible via social media, we do not release names, addresses, phone numbers, or emails without their written consent. However, if you would like to meet another owner in your area, just ask, and we will see if they are interested in connecting. We will share only email addresses, and you can both proceed from there. This way, you can build a Road Chief® community that speaks to you.
Your vehicle may or may not give a charge back to your Road Chief® depending on a number of factors, so manage your power by plugging in your Road Chief® to a power source like a 120v, generator, or solar panel to keep your batteries in excellent condition.
The cellular amplifier works to amplify the cellular signal that you may have on your device. If there is no cellular signal, you may not have any signal to amplify.
Part of the experience is figuring what’s best for you. Some people love a detailed plan and others love to “blow in the wind.” Checklists can save you time and energy so you can ensure your trips are eventful in the way you imagine them. We suggest you personalize your checklists and place them in your phone or tablet, or just keep them handy. We offer pre-departure, campsite arrival, circle check, campsite departure, and maintenance checklists. You will find them in the Bowlus Road Chief® owner dropbox. Additionally, always take a few minutes to refresh yourself on your Road Chief® systems (power, water, propane systems) before you leave for every trip.
Some people love to be minimalists, while others love to bring everything. We believe some things are necessary that others believe are not. Start with our checklists. Review them and then build your own personalized list. Please remember we do not supply locks, chocks, or water hoses with your Road Chief® unless they were ordered from the Bowlus general store.